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4 unexpected upgrades to increase your home's value
With home prices increasingly steadily, now is the time to invest in your home. Whether you're ready to sell now, or want to boost your home's value for the future, there are a few upgrades that can make a big impact. Read More...
Prepare backyard furniture for endless summer fun
Whether you have a garden oasis or an activity filled pool in your back yard, outdoor living has evolved past a picnic table and a few folding chairs. Today you have the option of sunshades, privacy curtains, coffee conversation furniture, outdoor kitchens and decorative pillows. Ultimately the goal is to create a warm and inviting area where you can relax and enjoy the warmer months. Read More...
What new homeowners need to know about renovations and repairs
Attention new home owners. We know you've waited a long time to finally move into your home and make it your own. But we offer these words of advice: Hold off on doing any renovations or repairs. Since your new home is under warranty, it's your builder's responsibility to take care of any defects which you identify. What's more, renovating a new home can actually jeopardize your warranty rights. Read More...
5 landscaping tips to increase your property value
Investing in landscaping can bring some of the biggest returns for homeowners, yet too often it remains overlooked or underdone. The same care and attention we apply to interior renovations should be applied to the garden. “Curb appeal plays a huge role in selling your home and adding value to it,” says Michelle Sordi, director of marketing at Husqvarna, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products. “Enhancing your outdoor space with smart landscaping solutions is a great way to invest in your home.” Read More...
Tips from top designers to make open-plan designing easy
Increasingly, people are foregoing the traditional kind of home they grew up in – a warren of rooms separated by walls – and opting for open-plan homes featuring multi-purpose areas such as great rooms that combine the kitchen, dining room and living room. And, no surprise, decorators are devising new techniques to enhance this most livable style. Read More...
Bathroom renos continue to top lists
Home renovations continue to be important investments for Canadians, According to a recent report by Scotiabank, Canadians spent over $53 billion on home improvements in 2015, and this trend is likely to continue. Read More...
Transform your home today to stay safe tomorrow
While many can only dream of the day they'll retire, for Baby Boomers, that dream is becoming a reality. But retirement doesn't necessarily mean relocating to a senior community. More and more, adults choose to “age in place,” remaining in their current home, even after retirement. Here are a few ways to add extra convenience today – and ensure a safe home in the future. Read More...
Value-added projects to do this winter
The weather outside might be frightful, but that doesn't mean that your home improvement projects need to wait. In fact, tackling projects during the winter will give you more time to enjoy spring when it finally rolls around. If your intent is to sell your home, now is the time to start preparing it for sale. Read More...
Making the most of your storage
Finding storage solutions to organize a home can be a daunting task, whether it's for a small condo closet or a spacious family room filled with toys. These simple DIY tips will overhaul key areas in the home to give you a more efficient space from top to bottom. Read More...
Renovation options for budget conscious homebuyers
It's important to explore all options when searching for a new home. While we often think new and shiny is always better, don't overlook that fixer upper. With Greater Toronto Area prices at record highs, potential home buyers need to be savvier than ever when it comes to making a home purchase decision to get the most from their investment. Read More...
Five quick tips to get your home winter ready
If boots, a warm hat and a tuned-up snow blower are the only items on your winter preparation list, your home maintenance plan may need a makeover. These simple home maintenance projects can help to lower your energy bills, avoid more costly repairs and/or increase the lifespan of your home... Read More...
Top 5 renovation tips to create more space
As real estate prices continue to climb, the cost to trade up an existing home for a larger one has increased substantially. As a result, more and more Canadians are choosing to renovate their homes, rather than relocating. In fact, it was recently revealed that renovation spending in Canada reached a record $68 billion last year, outpacing spending on new home construction. While the hunt for more square footage can be challenging, homeowners shouldn't feel like a costly second story or complete addition are the only options. Read More...
Reds are a go for design in 2016
We've all done it. Gone down the rabbit hole of Pinterest and countless other sites, spending hours looking at beautiful homes and yearning over them all. The aftermath is that you're now inspired to redesign your own space, but don't quite know where to begin. What will the design be? What style do I choose? A good place to start is with colour. Colour is emotional and has the ability to awaken the senses. And no colour radiates passion and vitality more than red, so why not start there? Read More...
Tips for painting furniture to save money and rejuvenate outdated pieces
Do you have a piece of furniture that is outdated or no longer in keeping with your decor? Maybe it is a family heirloom passed down through the years or a fabulous flea market find. If so, you might want to think twice about throwing it out. All it takes is a simple coat of paint to dramatically transform the furniture in your home. You'll be amazed by the dramatic results you get for a minimal cost. Plus, upcycling reduces waste, which is always a bonus. Make refinishing furniture a fun weekend project and give your outdated pieces a second chance at life with these simple steps Read More...
Colour updates for your kitchen this fall
If you've been waiting to give your kitchen a new look and freshen it up for the change in season, now is the time. As we move away from the bright warm hues of summer, colour experts look to new cool and calm shades to create a chic and modern look. Whether you're going for modernized trendy or classic, or just want a change for an outdated space, there are always updates you can make to incorporate trendy colours Read More...
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